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Road closures to remain in place as demolition of historic Barnsley building begins

Demolition work has begun on a historic building in Barnsley which was gutted by fire just under two weeks ago.

The former Co-op building which was more recently the Chicago Rock nightclub was being monitored over the bank holiday weekend amid fears it may collapse.

Work is now underway to demolish it and means that the road closures affecting Wellington Street, New Street and Westway will remain in place for up to two weeks.

The area has been cordoned off and Barnsley Council says that responsibility for the safe demolition of the building, providing a safety cordon around the site during and after the work, together with related traffic management issues, rests with the building owner.

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Barnsley defender Alfie Mawson set for Swansea talks

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Swansea City have agreed an undisclosed fee with Barnsley for centre-back Alfie Mawson.

The move is subject to the 22-year-old agreeing personal terms at the Liberty.

Mawson, who joined the Tykes from Brentford in June 2015, scored seven goals last season as he helped the Tykes win the League One play-offs and lift the Football League trophy.

This season, Mawson has scored twice in four Championship appearances for Paul Heckingbottom’s side.

Site of former Co-op building gutted by fire set to be inspected

Inspectors are set to survey the former Co-op building in Barnsley town centre, which was gutted by fire last week, before giving any approval for its demolition.

Traders say they have lost thousands of pounds in takings since the blaze one week ago.

For the past week key roads have been sealed off because structural engineers say the Grade II listed Victorian building is unsafe.

Westway dual carriageway is expected to remain closed ahead of Barnsley's game against Rotherham on Saturday.

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Concern grows for missing Barnsley girl

South Yorkshire Poilice are appealing for help in finding a missing girl from Barnsley.

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15-year-old Lily Lewis was last seen this morning.

She is described as about 5ft 10ins tall with brown/ginger hair and was reported missing at about 10am this morning when she left her home address in the Ardsley Road area of Worsbrough.

Police and Lily’s family are concerned for her welfare and would like to hear from anyone who has seen or heard from her since this morning.

Lily is wearing her hair half up and half down and is also wearing black leggings and a grey hooded top. She is of a slim build and has brown eyes.

She also has links to the Leicestershire area.

Man jailed for raping women in Barnsley and Sheffield

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A 33-year-old man has been jailed for 12 years for raping two women from Barnsley and Sheffield.

Ethan Ray from Sheffield, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday 21 July to receive his sentence after a week-long trial.

He was charged with four counts of rape against his two victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The court heard how both women, who were known to him, were subjected to abuse and violence at Ray’s hands.

A jury took less than an hour to unanimously find Ray guilty of all four counts of rape.

"Because Ray refused to accept responsibility for his crimes, his victims were forced to relive their abusive and terrifying experiences before the court."

"They are still plagued by the memories of this defendant’s behaviour towards them, describing it as being ‘tortured daily’, and I truly hope this positive conviction and lengthy sentence goes some way to reassuring them that he can cause them no further harm."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable McClure

Barnsley ballerina Tala Lee-Turton returns to her roots

Tala Lee-Turton has given a ballet masterclass to 20 students in her hometown of Barnsley.

The ballerina returned to Fearons Middleton School of Dance, in Cudworth, to train the students aged 8-11.

Lee-Turton is the third female from Britain to graduate from the Bolshoi ballet academy in Russia - and the first from Yorkshire.

She recently finished third in the world ballet competition in Orlando.

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